The chairperson of the land commission Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has been directed by President Yoweri Museveni to look into a land dispute in Kashari, Mbarara district that has dragged on for over 4 decades.
Bamugemereire made the revelation while addressing residents of Ruhunga village, Rubaya, Kashari.
The Commission told the locals that he got instructions to look into the land wrangle which involves over 500 people.
“The president is concerned because this contestation has gone on for over 40 years,” she said.
“This is because the residents have not engaged in proper permanent projects. And we’ve come here to listen, to hear, to interrogate until we can extract a solution from you,” she said.
The commission made a locus visit to the disputed land and later engaged the two parties in a slight discussion at Kaguhanzya church.
Osbert Mucunguzi, 38, son of the late Capt. Rev. John Busingye told the commission that his father bought the land in contention in the 1970s from the late Mr. Bakirirahakye.
At the time, he said no one occupied the land, yet after his father bought it, people started coming and causing violence.
The matter was taken to court in 1990 where it was for the nearly 30 years.
In 2016 resident judge Duncan Gaswaga decided the matter in favor of late Busingye’s family.
Locals were only given 3 month to vacate, but refused and have stayed put to this date.
Mucunguzi says they have appealed the ruling.
Justice Bamugemereire encouraged the people not to lose hope and think of killing each other.
“All I can say is that even if there is a court judgment and people feel that there is no hope, I can assure you there is hope. We need to work together for a permanent solution in a short time,” she said.
Mbarara RDC Maj. Martha Asiimwe advised the two parties to be more tolerant to each other.
“Let all of you soften and everybody gets the little he will get so that we keep peaceful; some of us concerned with security you put us on tension,” she said.